LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Kentucky Country Day school teacher, Michelle Paschal, did a happy dance in the middle of the 500 vehicle public caravan across the Lewis and Clark Bridge on Sunday.
"I am too excited," Paschal said. "This is going to be wonderful. It's going to save me a lot of time. I'm going to be able to work with more students after school because I've been waiting for an hour or something to get home."
Paschal said she and her Indiana co-workers have been waiting for the Lewis and Clark Bridge for more than twenty years. It'll cut their commute down by about eight to ten miles each way.
"We had a pre-bridge opening party at my house this summer," Joe Maione, Paschal's coworker said. "We're going to have another one this summer to celebrate the opening.
The eight and a half miles of new road connects an area just east of Jeffersonville, Indiana to the eastern edge of Louisville
Lauren Grahek and her husband used to live there.
"In 1983 they we talking about this bridge," Grahek said. "We're now living in Floyds Knobs and we're going over the bridge."
3.3 million man hours were spent constructing the project. The bridge will provide several significant benefits to locals and visitors alike. Traffic access is the most obvious. However, a lot of money is expected to follow.
"It literally is connecting the present with our future by increasing transportation options in southern Indiana and in the Louisville area," Indiana Governor-elect, Eric Holcomb, said. "We're inviting an economic impact of more than $87 billion throughout the region over the next thirty years."